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Potsdam

Potsdam [ˈpɔtsdam] is a German city, capital of the federal state of Brandenburg, located in the immediate vicinity of Berlin, next to the Havel River. It is famous for the Sanssouci Palace.
It has an important astronomical observatory (Astronomical Observatory of Potsdam or Astrophysikalisches Institut Potsdam), dedicated to the study of solar and astrophysical activity. The University of Potsdam is located in Potsdam.

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Seminaris Hotel Potsdam Griebnitzsee ★★★★

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Porch of Fortune

The Portico de la Fortuna (Fortunaportal) in the Old Market (Alten Markt) of Potsdam, in front of the Church of St. Nicolas (Nikolaikirche), was designed in 1701 by the Dutch architect Jean de Bodt as a gateway to the old palace of the city (Stadtschloss (Potsdam)), part of the city wall and likewise, as a tribute to the elector Frederick III. Opened by King Frederick I of Prussia. The creation of the Fortuna portal is an example of the application of the principles of classical architecture in Potsdam.
During World War 2, the portal was severely damaged in the British bombing of the night of April 14, 1945 (night of the Potsdam bombing), the largest attack suffered by the city. In the plans appeared in the fifties to eliminate the city palace, the Fortune portal was also threatened with demolition. The whole group had to disappear by the will of the heads of state and the leader of the party of that time, Walter Ulbricht, by not fulfilling the premises of the urban architecture of a socialist city. This project was approved despite the violent protests in November 1959, finally the Portico de la Fortuna seemed destined for its disappearance.
After having removed a few decorative elements, 18 explosions were carried out in the city palace. On January 18, 1960 there was the destruction of the portal with the head of Minerva. The preservation of other well-preserved pieces of sandstone had been strictly prohibited: everything had to be destroyed, as a symbol of belligerence. Thus, very few original pieces could be saved. Finally in the rubble of the demolition, along with other parts of the Royal Palace of Potsdam, the Minerva was located and later restored.
It was in 2001 with the help of the residents of Potsdam, that the television presenter Günther Jauch, in the Old Market, the Fortune Gate after a total of two years of construction (the first stone installation ceremony, was held on September 8, 2000 in place) as the first part of a whole of the entire city palace the future again. The faithful reconstruction is indicated so that a construction value of approximately three million euros, was made, among other things, with a donation of cement - and the concrete industry, for example, Jauch, with the support of an initiative of the publicity and abandoned it in favor of rebuilding most of its royalties. In contrast to the pre-planned reconstruction of the city's Potsdamer palace (where a policy on the original), this portal-based science was built with its sculptures sometimes missing from a historical sound base, and according to The historical model.
The reconstruction was possible because there are some historical photographs of the original cover, by which form and color of the primitive monument can be contrasted.
The most striking design element is the La Fortuna sculpture, located in the portal dome. It was made of a thin sheet of copper, and subsequently gold plated. In der 2.15 Meter hohen und rund 5 Zentner schweren Figur, welche sich im Wind dreht, wurden am Tag der Einweihung, dem 12. The figure of 2.15 meters high and about 5 tons in weight, turns with the wind , was inaugurated, on October 12, 2002, by Günther Jauch, and the mayor of Potsdam Jann Jakobs. The two main blocks, which form the sculptural decoration on both sides of the arch, are Minerva and Hercules. The visual group of the domes of the Church of St. Nicholas, the Old Town Hall and the Fortune portal are the icon of the state capital of Brandenburg, and often serve as a background for a national coverage of the state of Brandenburg, and as scenario of the New Year's speeches of the Prime Minister, this site has a high symbolic value for Potsdam.
Currently, the portal is only a torso, the result of the high technical and artistic level necessary in the reconstruction, aimed at emulating the original, which is missing some of the eight large groups of sculptures. This demanding work is being carried out by regional and national artisans. Probably, however, the design of today, even with the procedure before three hundred years, because after the Fortune Gate was not the same promptly completed for the next coronation of the first king of Prussia, since sculptures completed the complicated groups in the course of the next four or five years and could be built. In March 2007, the first two newly completed sculptures were re-raised in their place from the upper platform, next to the dome.
In the four pillars of the middle level, originally four sculptures framed the domed tower. The dome itself also had four trophies. This work in sandstone leaves the portal silhouette in a very carefully calculated balance. On the whole, the goddess Fortuna makes a balancing function, the same can be said of the "Prussian" eagles of the lower level. He stands on a ball and in order to illustrate, without well thought out politics is not a possible public good. The horn of abundance of fortune represents public welfare. The four statues of the Fortune portal were created with a high probability by the then famous artists, Guillaume Hulot (1660 to 1722) and René Charpentier (1680 to 1723).
At the bottom initially there were four groups of eagles that had dimensions of about 3.80 meters to 2.40 meters and a weight of almost 9 tons. The first monumental sculpture free of round lump in the history of modern architecture of the Brandenburg Brand
The general architecture and sculptures of the Portal de la Fortuna is an inseparable block. "La Fortuna would be a lady without legs, without the important group of sculptures that frame her." Only with the reconstruction or the complete recovery of the content and the form the portal will be completely restored. The portico sculptures are very important and have been studied by the monographs on sculpture of the 18th century.

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Schloss Kartzow

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Brandenburg Gate (Potsdam)

The Brandenburg Gate (in German: Brandenburger Tor) ?, located on the Luisenplatz in Potsdam, was built in 1770/71 by Carl von Gontard and Georg Christian Unger by order of Frederick II of Prussia. It is at the end of the Brandenburger Straße, which runs in a straight line to the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul.
Since 1733, there was another simpler door in the same place, which looked like the door of a castle. Together with the wall, a toll barrier, and other doors were intended to prevent desertion and contraband.
By the end of the Seven Years' War, the old door had been demolished and Frederick the Great built a new Brandenburg Gate instead as a symbol of his victory. For this reason the door looks like a Roman triumphal arch. His prototype was the Arch of Constantine in Rome. The Roman influence can be seen, for example, in the double columns of the Corinthian order and in the design of the attic.
A characteristic of the Brandenburg Gate is that it has two totally different sides, designed by two different architects. Carl von Gontard designed the city side, and his pupil, Georg Christian Unger, the field side. Gontard made the city side a facade with Corinthian-style lesenas and trophies. Unger designed the side of the field in the style of the Arch of Constantine with double Corinthian columns and ornamentation, like gold trumpets. The two side entrances for pedestrians were not added until 1843, during the reign of Frederick William IV, to cope with the increase in pedestrian traffic.
At that time people had to go through the Brandenburg Gate if they wanted to go to the city of Brandenburg from Potsdam, where the name comes from. In the other direction, the door leads to the central pedestrian zone of Brandenburger Straße, to the church of St. Peter and St. Paul.
Since the city wall was demolished around 1900, the Brandenburg Gate has been an independent structure.

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Nauener Tor

La Nauener Tor (in German: Puerta de Nauen)? It is one of the three doors that are preserved in the city of Potsdam, Germany. It was built in 1755 and is the first example of the influence of the English neo-Gothic style in Continental Europe.

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Potsdam City Palace

The Potsdam City Palace (in German: Potsdamer Stadtschloss) was a historic building in Potsdam, Germany. It was the second residence (used as winter) of the Brandenburg Margrave, then Kings of Prussia, kings of Prussia and German emperors. The original building was located in the Old Market Square in Potsdam, next to the Church of St. Nicholas (Nikolaikirche) and the old city council.
A partial reconstruction of the palace was completed at the end of 2013 and included inspired designs of the original facade on its exteriors and modern interiors. Since then the building serves as the seat of the Brandenburg Regional Parliament.
The original building was constructed between 1662 and 1669, later renovated between 1744 and 1752. It was seriously damaged during World War II in 1945, although the bombing and fire products of these did not affect much of the structure. However, it was demolished for ideological reasons by the communist regime in 1960.

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